Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"I am Malala"

Recently, I have been reading the wonderful book, "I Am Malala". It's very interesting to hear first-hand this young girl's account of the terrors she and her people went through because of the Taliban. It is also interesting to hear what she and her family stands for and how they were champions for equal rights somewhere it is desperately needed; Pakistan. I wish her the best in her future endeavors, and stand with her advocating for equal rights and more specifically - the right to an education. "Knowledge is power". I also must add that I am now a fan of Malala Yousafzai! Maybe someday our paths will cross and we can meet each other!

I have truly found this book interesting and a great read. I recommend it for all to read!

Here is a poem Malala referenced in her book that I have not heard before, and I found it very powerful.

"...written by Martin Niemoller, who had lived in Nazi Germany."

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wan't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak out because I was not a Catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

" I knew he was right. If people were silent, nothing would change". - Malala Yousafzai

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